Van Gaal hits back at critics

Netherlands Coach Louis van Gaal has chastised critics of his approach after a narrow win over Ghana in a World Cup warm-up game.

Robin van Persie scored to give the Oranje the victory but van Gaal came under fire for using a 5-3-2 formation, AS reports.

It’s suggested that observers in the Netherlands aren’t happy to see van Gaal abandon the country’s more traditional way of playing but van Gaal was strident in defending his decision.

“I’m here to win and my job is to get the most out of this team,” he said.

“That’s me. And nothing more.

“[5-3-2] isn’t as attractive as 3-4-3 but if there were six chances then it was worth coming to the stadium.

“We should go in at half-time at 3-0. We can and must do better. Sometimes we’ve had too many defeats.”

Van Gaal added that he quit Bayern Munich in 2011 because the club’s high command tried to interfere with his methods.

The former Barca Coach has already confirmed he will leave his post after the World Cup, having been hired as the new Manchester United manager.

Spain and the Netherlands meet in La Roja’s first game of the tournament, on June 13.

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